Holiday season brings many opportunities for creative expression in your cake department. For many like El Mirasol Bakery in Plant City, Florida, the magic starts with the traditional tres leches cake and develops into imaginative designs inspired by cultural trends and produced by the bakery’s creative cake decorators.

“We have to be imaginative today,” explains Elizabeth Leal, cake decorator for El Mirasol. “My job is keeping customers happy and fulfilling their demands. We have a fun, family ambience here, and I try my best every day to keep positive.”

Leal has decorated cakes for 29 years. She takes pride in every creation, and it shows. The cakes at El Mirasol rival the most imaginative designs created in the country.

“This is the beauty of working here,” she says, humbly. “Our bakery allows for my own ideas, and that is what I enjoy – the creative freedom.”

Like any smart decorator, she does her homework with every cake, listening closely to what the customer wants and using multiple resources – including online websites – to create designs that are both unique and inspirational.

El Mirasol specializes in classic two-layer cakes. Leal peruses websites including Pinterest to generate unique and often colorful ideas. She says customers today are always looking for a little extra.

“It’s always more and more, and that’s OK,” she says with a smile. “People love to go to parties, and bigger is better.”

Beyond the December holidays, El Mirasol gears up for Valentine’s Day celebrations in January when the cake decorators here begin to explore the latest trends in Valentine’s cakes, cookies and other sweet goods.

“We encourage our customers to put in their Valentine’s orders two weeks in advance,” she says. “That gives us time to create the special cakes they desire.”

Sprinkles & more

BakeMark’s line of special holiday Sprinkelina sprinkles will help cake decorators fulfill their creative imaginations. With countless colorful options, these sprinkles are bound to make your bakery the talk of the town. They add a fun and festive pop and help drive impulse sales among every customer who walks through the door of your shop.

The Sprinkelina lineup enables your bakery to get exactly what you are looking for this season. Is it simple you’re looking for? BakeMark offers red, orange, yellow, black, purple, and dark chocolate sprinkles perfect to help celebrate the holiday seasons.

If it’s something a little fancier you’re looking for, BakeMark features several mixes of colors. A fan favorite is nonpareils, and BakeMark also offers a fall mix of those in yellow, orange, and brown.

And the lineup doesn’t end there. BakeMark features four different colors of twinkle pearls to delight those who love sparkle and shine. These can be used into Christmas and beyond.

BakeMark also supplies glitter glazes that are perfect for cookies. These come in great colors like mango yellow, apricot orange, and lime green.

Finally, new confetti mixes are sure to be a crowd favorite at any bakery this season. BakeMark offers Fall Confetti Mix, Candy Corn Confetti Mix, and Wizardly Blend, which will give your cookies just the right touch.